Brains and Brawn, Bites and Beer!

Triangle yelpers new and old gathered at Crabtree Tavern in Raleigh last Friday for an epic Athletes vs Mathletes throwdown. It was like March Madness in May (minus college basketball… and brackets… and bonfires — well, unless you count that little mishap with the tablecloth — sorry, Crabtree Tavern)! But just like all ACC fans know, you have to take sides and rep hard. With 300 competitors on the guest list, which team took home the triumph? We think Andrew W may be right when he jokes, "There were far more athletes than mathletes, though a quick poll would have revealed most of us were mathletes in disguise!"
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Crabtree Tavern serves a sports bar-but-better menu, and treated us to all sorts of tasty tid-bits that knocked it out of the ballpark! "Two thumbs and a big foam finger up for the buffet spread," yelps Melissa E, "I can't decide which was my favorite: the lamb sliders (perfectly cooked), the Short Rib Crostini, or the Pimento Dip." Erin W adds, "Can it be called light bites when you have, like, 5 or 6" of everything? All in the name review research, right, Erin? Elites even received $10 gift certificates so they can come back and feast again!

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With free pints from SIX breweries (five of 'em local!), yelpers really scored big on beer. Many thanks to our talented and generous sponsors: Fullsteam, LoneRider, Big Boss, Roth Brewing, Natty Greene's, and Bud Light. Psalm S sums up our gratitude: "Big thanks to all the breweries present. I loved having them there, and their giveaways were awesome, AND I got to wear a light-up Viking helmet." 'Nuff said.
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But let's not forget the carnie corner of games (provided by our friends at Interactive Playgrounds), the photobooth, or the massage magic of Sheryl Mika and Brandi Almario, working to relieve any tension due to sports fatigue OR statistics stress!

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Out on the patio, a dozen raffle prizes and a Yelp swag bag buffet were on hand to help support the Southern Siberian Rescue. Huskies made everyone's hearts melt, and we raised $700 to help save local Siberians. Missed the opportunity to donate? You can still do so here

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This was one ton-of-fun party that took 'pep rally' to new proportions! But don't take my word for it — read the reviews and flip through the Flickr album (courtesy of the wonderful, talented Shon Digital Photography and It Speaks To Me Fine Art Photography).

I have to give special thanks to the attentive (and well-costumed!) staff at Crabtree Tavern, and especially to Kara and Leslie who worked so hard to make this event happen, and pulled it off with smooth success. Hip, hip, hooray!

Until next time, SYOY,

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